Middle East Partnership Initiative
Location: West Bank and Gaza Strip
Primary Beneficiaries: Private and Public Sectors
Duration: 2008 – 2010
Implementer: Al-Mustakbal Foundation for Strategic and Policy Studies

Legislative Reform for the Palestinian Economy

The Legislative Reform for the Palestinian Economy in the West Bank and Gaza (WBG) is a two-year program that will be implemented by Al-Mustakbal Foundation, in cooperation with the US Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).


Overall Goal and Specific Objectives: The overall goal of the Project is to strengthen, update, amend, and complete the commercial legal and regulatory framework for doing business in the WBG with aim of promoting economic recovery and growth both at the short and long term levels. More specifically, the Project aims to improve the capacity to understand complex commercial law and regulations within the business and legal communities in the MENA region and to increase private sector participation in commercial law policymaking.

Target Beneficiaries and Partnerships: The Project primarily targets lawyers, businesses, business associations and seeks to actively involve them together with policymakers and concerned government practioners in a results-oriented policy dialogue and peer-learning process with a view to enhancing the business legal environment in Palestine. Consequently, the Project will rely on a network of business associations at the national level, including a principal governmental partner that represents the government, namely, the Ministry of National Economy, as well as the National Legislative Committee at the Prime Minister's Office; the lawyers and key stakeholders representing the private sector, such as chambers of commerce, the Businessmen Association, Paltrade, and other professional associations. The Project will inform other government institutions and members of the international community involved in legal and regulatory reform and judicial training including USAID, DIFD, CIDA, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the World Bank, among others.

Expected Results: In terms of immediate expected results, the Project seeks to achieve the following:

  • Reduce barriers to competition and unwarranted distortions to market prices.
  • Reduce policy and regulatory barriers to establishing, operating, and closing businesses.
  • Strengthening the legal framework surrounding property rights that is fair to men and women, contract enforcement, and dispute resolution, along with the administration of those laws.
  • Reduce incentives for corruption and promoting transparent business practices.
  • Strengthen the legal framework surrounding intellectual property rights.
  • Improve laws and regulations affecting the creation, dissemination, and use of technology.
  • Improve policies and regulations affecting technology choices and production behaviors with environmental impacts.
  • Improve policies, laws, and regulations affecting hiring and firing of workers, wages, working conditions, and collective bargaining.
  • Provide improved enforcement of judgment.